In the same week that the NFL was on Capitol Hill talking about concussions, Philadelphia Eagles running back Brian Westbrook is questionable for Sunday’s game with a bruise of the brain.
In its simplest form, that’s what a concussion is—a bruise of the brain—and coach Andy Reid said it will be a game-time decision if his playmaker will suit up to face the New York Giants in a key NFC East showdown. Westbrook was knocked out in Monday’s win at Washington, and he has not practiced this week.
“This is going to end up being a game day decision I’m sure,” Reid said. “These things take time and they’re all different so we’ll just see how it works here.
“As long as he’s OK’d and he’s cleared then I think you’re OK. These are experts you are talking about that are looking at these things. I know he wants to play. We have to listen to the doctors, both Brian and myself and (trainer) Rick (Burkholder).”
The risk Westbrook, not the Eagles run, is that playing again so soon could make him more susceptible to another concussion. According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, all signs point to the team giving the back off on the short week and turning the workload over to rookie LeSean McCoy. It’s why the club drafted him in the second round after all. It’s the decision that makes sense too.
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